Second-seeded Houston meets 12th seed Oregon in the Midwest region final at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The match will be broadcast on CBS at 7:15 PM ET, with the winner taking the Final Four berth against the winner of the Southern District Final between Arkansas and Baylor later on Monday.
No. 12 Oregon (20-12)
NCAA Championship Results: Beat Tennessee, 70-56; Oklahoma State, 70-60; Loyola Chicago, 65-58.
Do you remember when last position was predicted in Pac-12 for Oregon? The Beavers, at the NCAA Championship for only the second time since 1990, have won six consecutive matches to reach the cusp of their first trip to the semifinals since 1963. What’s the secret? The plus-27 advantage is in recoil, among other things.
“Look at the matches we’ve won, we’ve answered some good kicks from opponents and we’re playing really well.” Coach Wayne Tinkle Reporters.
NCAA Championship Results: Beat Cleveland State, 87-56; Rutgers, 63-60; Syracuse, 62-46.
This match is the first regional final in Houston since 1984 and the wild days of Jay Lewis’ Jay-Lewis’s Fei Salama Gamma crew. Under Coach Kelvin Sampson, the Cougars have won 27 matches with strong defense and bouncing back, two things Oregon has done well. In their three championship victories, Houston beat every competitor by at least nine.
Houston entered the championship with their opponents to take the field goal by 37.3 per cent. It was even tougher in the Sweet 16 match against Syracuse, holding the oranges to 28 percent, including 5-to-23 from over three points.
In Oregon, Sampson sees a familiar enemy. “They are very similar to us, in that they enter the boards with sports and play physically,” he told reporters.